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Children’s Book Writer Christopher Curtis.

Children’s book writer Christopher Curtis has become the first writer to receive the prestigious Newberry Medal and the Coretta Scott King Author award for his book, “Bud, Not Buddy.” (Delacorte press). The story, set in the Depression Era, is about an orphan boy and his search for a home. Curtis is also the first African-American to win the Newbery Medal in 22 years. And he’s also author of “The Watsons Go to Birmingham” which was singled out for many awards. Before becoming a writer, CURTIS worked on an automobile assembly line in Flint, Michigan.

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Other segments from the episode on January 26, 2000

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, January 26, 2000: Interview with Christopher Curtis; Review of George Pelecanos' and Gary Krist's novels "Shame the Devil" and "Chaos Theory"; Review of Stevie Wonder's…

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